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    Re: Apitius J Model just arrived

    Congratulations!! That’s a great looking Apitius J model. Enjoy!!!
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Well I called Austin Clark at Clark mandolin in Boise, ID and asked him about the strings that he uses on his octave mandolins. Here is the skinny, Austin uses single ball end guitar strings...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    I'm think more and more that you have to purchase single ball end strings. Because I have called Strings by Mail and they don't carry octave mandolin strings. Also, I called Elixir and they don't...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Baron,

    Thanks for your recommendation on buying bulk strings from Just Strings.

    Darwin
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Peter,

    Austin makes a great two point mandolin! I have had offers to sell mine but its not going to happen its a keeper as they say. Believe me it sounds just us good as it looks!! You will be...
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    Octave Mandolin Strings

    I’m going to get a full body octave mandolin which uses ball end strings. The scale length 20.25” with string tension 12 - 52. Any recommendation on strings for an octave mandolin and a good place...
  7. Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    Hi Scott,

    I have been wanting to do this for sometime now. Please change mine to Darwin Gaston.

    Thanks for everything that you do here on the form!
  8. Re: Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    Here is a photo of the Master Grade Red Spruce wood that Max picked out and is using for the top of my Girouard F oval hole, rough planed and not joined. It's one of the best Master Grade Red Spruce...
  9. Re: Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    Yankees1,

    After reading your post on the Mandolin Cafe about how happy you were and posting photos of your Girouard F oval hole really got me going in asking Max to make me a F oval hole mandolin....
  10. Re: Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    Seankeegan,

    First I want to say thanks for sharing the article written by Max and Andrew Mowry about the Varnish finishing on a mandolin which was very helpful. Also, I want to say thanks for...
  11. Re: Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    After reading your post on the Mandolin Cafe about how happy you were with your Girouard Concert oval A that Max made for you helped me in deciding on getting Max to make me a Girouard F oval hole...
  12. Joining the Girouard Club with an F Oval hole

    I exchanged emails with Max and have sent a deposit to have him build me one of his Girouard F Concert Master mandolins with an oval hole. It will feature complete binding in triple bound, Waverly...
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    Flowers of Edinburgh
    Red Haired Boy
    Over The Waterfall
  14. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    Are you glad you made the switch to a James tailpiece on your MT even though they had to drill another hole for the tailpiece?
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    I have had great success with Strings By Mail. I have ordered both mandolin and guitars strings from them. Like some else said they always put a little note on the receipt thank you for your order...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Dan,

    From the looks of your post I think you will be getting more Thomastik-Infeld strings. I agree with you 100 percent they are more comfortable on the fingers. The Thomastik-Infeld strings...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Dan,

    If you normally use medium strings I would stick with them. I normally use all light strings on all my mandolins no matter what brand. I have found after using Thomastik-Infeld strings it...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I have used the 154W Thomastik-Infeld light strings on my Gibson Fern, Gibson F2 and my Austin Clark 2 point. My music teacher 1st recommended using them for my Gibson F2 and I loved them so I...
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    Re: Nickle Tailpiece

    Sunburst,

    I have to agree with you that old nickel plated parts do not show nearly the tarnish that modern pieces do for some reason. I'm sure once I polish the nickel tailpiece for the first...
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    Re: Nickle Tailpiece

    Mike,

    Thanks for the tip on using Nevr-Dull polish on the nickel tailpiece.
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    Nickle Tailpiece

    Nickel is used extensively to enhance the utility, value and appeal of manufactured products such as a tailpiece. In many important applications, the nickel coating serves the dual purpose of...
  22. Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    Has anyone ever taken off their Collings MT2 tailpiece and put on a James tailpiece? I was wondering how much work was involved. Did you just take out the screws and pull off the Collings tailpiece...
  23. Re: Introduction and my new to me Gibson Fern

    Congratulations on your Gibson F5 Fern! It will put a smile on your face every time you play it. Enjoy!!!
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    Re: Mandolin insurance?

    I have added all my guitars and mandolins to my homeowner's policy also. The only thing they ask for is a copy of my receipt showing the price that I paid for the instrument at the time of purchase. ...
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    Re: 2013 Gibson F5 Fern

    Here are a couple pictures...… and it sounds as good as it looks!

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